Accused cop killer's trial delayed at request of victim's family

Grover Cannon's new trial date set in January 2019

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The trial for the man accused of killing Shreveport Police Officer Thomas LaValley has been pushed back again, but this time at the request of LaValley's family.

The Caddo Parish District Attorney released the news Friday citing an overlap of family events.

"The state filed a motion to continue the October 8, 2018 trial date today at the request of the LaValley family," said Assistant District Attorney Edwin L. Blewer III. "The recently set trial date conflicts with a long-scheduled family event. The October 8 trial setting would prevent a significant portion of out-of-town family members from attending the trial."

Blewer said the October trial date was set after a defense continuance of an earlier August 20, 2018, trial date due to reasons that were filed under seal with the court.

The new trial date has been reset for January 14, 2019.

Officer Thomas LaValley's mother was in District Judge Ramona Emanuel's courtroom for the proceedings.

Cannon, 30, is accused of the murder of LaValley in August of 2015.

LaValley was shot and killed in the Queensborough neighborhood after responding to a report of a prowler. He joined the Shreveport Police Department in 2011 after working for a Shreveport television station.

Cannon faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder. Authorities say he was also charged with attempted second-degree murder in connection with a July 15, 2015 attack on another individual.

He also faces a charge of battery on a police officer for a December 1, 2015 incident that occurred while he was incarcerated.

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